New Feature ~ Diamonds In The Rough!

I love to garage sale! Do You? Well, garage sale season has started here in my town and I usually go every Friday and some Saturday's. I seem to have such good luck in the early spring when the garage sale season starts and then in the early fall when they are winding down. In between it's hit-and-miss. Sometimes I have good luck and other times I just waste gas. But it's fun and I am addicted.

So I decided to do a weekly feature called Diamonds In The Rough! because that is what all the stuff I find is to me. I will then do projects with and out of the stuff I purchase and show the results to you.  Doesn't that sound like fun? It does to me too!

This past Friday, the garage sales were unusually fantastic mainly because of one particular garage sale. It was so huge...like an estate sale. The person had sold their home and was into antiques, vintage and just plain stuff and lots of it! The crowd was huge and it was crazy. I even had a table stolen from my pile of purchases, luckily before I paid! Oh well, I was just going to paint it and sell it so no great loss.

Here is the sum of my bounty on Friday...
Old instant ancestors, a table that had great lines but needs a lot of love and a new top, lots of embroidery hoops for some wreaths I am making for the church that I will share with you later in the year. And off to the left, which you can barely see, but it's a glazing point tool and lots of glazing points for framing pictures. I have wanted one of these forever!
And a beautiful large white tureen, a tea pot that I will turn into a lamp (I think), an old book with a cool cover, a huge silver tray, a beautiful ornate gold frame (to be painted), and an antique shaving mirror set.
Also, a cream colored lamp base, cookie cutters with cute red handles, a picture holder and more Christian books for reading. Oh yeah, and a cool 25¢ birdhouse to paint!

When I saw this lamp, I first thought of MacKenzie Childs. I knew that I could paint it up with their inspiration, and then I saw the price of only 25¢, I knew it had to be mine. But for now the first project with this lamp is simple. I took an existing shade and put it on this lamp and put it in our bathroom. Doesn't it look great...for now! I always change things up over time.
Come back tomorrow to see another item I finished with of one of the things that I got... in Diamonds In The Rough!

NOTE: You should be able to click on most of the pictures to enlarge to see further details.
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Twice Owned Tuesday @ House Of Grace
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Time to Shine Tuesday @ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
Trash 2 Treasure @ Sassy Sites
Power Of Paint @ Domestically Speaking
Swing Into Spring Wednesday @ DIY by Design
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
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Good Life Wednesday @ A Beach Cottage

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Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
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  1. What great finds...cute lamp (however I can imagine it painted in courtly checks!!)

  2. Patti, That will probably happen in the future. It's still on my mind.

  3. Great finds, Terry! Love that soup tureen and a side table is always a great find! I have similar lampshades {and chandelier shades} as the one you used for the lamp in your bathroom.

  4. Terry, you did AWESOME! I found a few things this weekend. I'm addicted to garage and estate sales so I'm definitely appreciate your Diamond in the Rough!


  5. Fun idea! I love your soup tureen and the fringed lamp. You had lots of great finds this weekend.

  6. Wow, you did find some fabulous treasures. I didn't see a single garage sale this weekend. I think they were all in our neighborhood. Good for you. Hugs, Marty

  7. Aren't you happy garage sale season is upon us!!!! Great find and I love hyour little bathroom nook :)

    New follower too btw :)

  8. Awesome finds!!! You most def can't beat a good lamp for a quarter!!!

  9. Great finds loving the frame and the lamp, love the shade you have used. dee x

  10. Wow! You made out like a fat rat! Love that table. We helped a friend move, so I didn't get to any sales. It physically hurt to have to pass by those signs!

  11. I love that you have that little table and a lamp next to your toilet. I may just borrow that idea. :-)

  12. You sure have picked up some great finds!

  13. You were so lucky to find that sale. I really like your instant ancestors :).

  14. Great lamp. Did you see that I featured you from last week? Thanks for linking up to my Swing into Spring party.

  15. Wonderful finds. I love the lamp!!! ~~Sherry~~

  16. The lamp looks great and for the price you got it for, an amazing find! Looks fabulous in your bathroom which is lovely by the way. :)

  17. hiya terry , super finds and i love your little table x tfs am visiting from amaze me monday and your newest follower , hope you pop by mine and follow me too

  18. Awesome idea for a party - I am SO there! ANd that table is freakin' amazing. I love it!

  19. A lamp by the toilet, who would have thunk it. Fun new feature! Thanks so much to linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

  20. What awesome finds! A good lamp by the toilet for reading!

  21. Terry, You really scored! The table and the lamp are a favorite. Thanks for sharing this at my party.

  22. Love that and I have the same lampshade!

  23. Terry,
    So nice to see someone from the old hometown (Qcy) letting others view your beautiful work..Kay


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